North Lynn mum ordered to take play equipment down by housing chiefs

Children Enjoying swimming pool and trampoline. Has been told by  the Council to take them down. Pictured in front FLtoR Richard Goodson. Keeley Keegan. Charlene Goodson. ANL-160606-164323009

Children Enjoying swimming pool and trampoline. Has been told by the Council to take them down. Pictured in front FLtoR Richard Goodson. Keeley Keegan. Charlene Goodson. ANL-160606-164323009

A mum has spoken of her frustration at being asked to take down a trampoline and swimming pool at her North Lynn home.

Freebridge Housing have ordered Keeley Keegan to remove the equipment from a communal garden in Mayflower Avenue.

The mum-of-three bought the 8ft trampoline with her sister-in-law Charlene Goodson and her dad Richard Goodson before all three chipped in to get a new swimming pool last year

Miss Keegan said: “The trampoline has been up for three years and the swimming pool for just over a year.

“There have never been any accidents or complaints so want is the problem?

“I can understand Freebridge’s concerns, but the children are always supervised and the gates are always locked at the top so they can’t get out of the yard.

“When I recieved the letter, I phoned up Freebridge to discuss the matter and they told me that if the items are not removed, then Enforcement Officers will come along to do it.”

Miss Keegan’s three children Paige, two, Casie, six, and Alfie, eight, are among a group of 17 who regularly use the trampoline and swimming pool.

“There are nine or 10 children who use them on a daily basis and sometimes there are more,” she said.

“We even have children come over from across the road to use them and play with their friends.

“The kids have made the communal area their home and it gives them something to do. I think the whole thing is disgusting.”

Robert Clarke, director of housing at Freebridge said: “We are committed to protecting the safety of our tenants within their homes and communal spaces.

“In this case, we felt the swimming pool and trampoline represented an unnecessary risk and as a result we have requested that they be removed.

“We appreciate this may be disappointing but we hope that our tenants can understand our position.”

Miss Keegan has called on Freebridge to provide an alternative play area for the youngsters.

“Down the road at the St Edmundsbury flats, children have got a play area in an enlosed space, so why can’t they provide us with something like that here?

“Even if they were to install a grass verge or play pit at least it would give the children something to do.”

A tenancy advisor from Freebridge was due to visit Miss Keegan, but the meeting had not taken place at the time of going to press yesterday.